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Nearly 20% of Costa Rican national produce doesn’t meet agrochemical guidelines, study finds

Nearly 65% of fruits and vegetables produced in Costa Rica contain residual traces of agrochemicals, a study from the Pesticide Department of the State Phytosanitary System found. 

Authorities knew of bromacil in Costa Rica’s waters and didn’t alert public

The Plant Health Department (SFE) of Costa Rica knew the levels of bromacil in the water of Río Cuarto (canton of Alajuela) since 2015. Despite having the information, the data wasn't shared with other authorities until 2016 and wasn't known publicly until 2018.

Costa Rica consumes more agrochemicals per hectare than any country in the world

Since 1977, Costa Rica has imported more than 185,000 metric tons of agrochemicals. In that same time period, the country's consumption of these substances has more than tripled.
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